this study analyses travel patterns in great britain, using data from the 1972/73 national travel survey. information is provided on journey length, journey duration and mode of travel for five major trip purposes: variations in these which result from social factors are considered. the car and walk modes each account for 41 per cent of the journeys made. two thirds of all journeys are less than 4.8 km in length and three-quarters last for less than 30 minutes. journeys for work and social purposes are, on average, longer and involve greater use of motorised modes than those for education, personal business and shopping purposes. members of car owning households make more journeys than do those from non-car owning households. they also make much greater total use of the motorised travel modes - car, bus, rail and motorcycle. car ownership is three times higher and female licence holding four times higher in those households with heads in professional or managerial occupations than they are in those households whose heads have manual occupations.(a)

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